Tyler Junior College

Vision Care Technology


The following is a list of skills/competencies that each student will develop upon successful completion of each vision care course.

OPTS 1311 - The Visual System (3-0)

  • describe the sense of vision and the development of the human eye from conception;
  • list the major anatomical parts of the eye, the adnexa, and the visual system and describe their functions;
  • define and discuss refractive errors, disorders, and diseases of the eye and their causes and treatments;
  • list and describe various tests performed by ophthalmic assistants and instruments and devices utilized to facilitate the detection of ocular diseases and disorders.

OPTS 2341 - Ophthalmic Techniques (2-4)

  • use proper telephone and patient skills to communicate information and to solicit pertinent information;
  • obtain and record patients' information to complete an accurate medical history;
  • perform various diagnostic tests using ophthalmic equipment and instruments to assist the eye practitioner in assessing visual abnormalities;
  • assist the eye physician in the performance of eye examinations and treatments.

OPTS 1309 - Ophthalmic Laboratory I (2-4)

  • mark-up, block, and edge single vision and multi-focal lenses;
  • make patterns for use in the edging process;
  • apply impact resistance processes to glass lenses;
  • tint, insert, and inspect finished spectacles applying American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and other accepted standards;
  • repair metal and plastic frames.

OPTS 1305 - Geometric Optics (3-0)

  • discuss the history of the study of optics;
  • describe the nature of the electromagnetic spectrum and the light relationship of colors and energy levels to wave lengths;
  • calculate for image size, position, nature, and orientation using the mirror and thin lens formula;
  • calculate for and trace light rays as they pass through prisms and lenses.

OPTS 1501 - Ophthalmic Dispensing (4-3)

  • obtain various facial and frame measurements using standard measuring devices;
  • describe various frame and lens types and materials and their uses, advantages, and disadvantages;
  • assists patients/clients in the selection of frames and lenses;
  • fill laboratory order forms;
  • check, and properly adjust eyewear;
  • utilize lens focimeters, gauges, and clocks to ascertain power, axis, major (prism) reference positions, center and edge thicknesses, and prism for single-vision and multi-focal lenses.

OPTS 1315 - Basic Contact Lenses (2-2)

  • list major contributors, materials, and designs involved in the historical development of contact lenses;
  • describe basic contact lens design and terminology;
  • utilize contact lens instruments, tools, and gauges used to determine lens parameters;
  • list general fitting requisites, philosophies, and rules for fitting contact lenses;
  • utilize known materials and techniques to clean, disinfect, and sterilize contact lenses.

OPTS 2345 - Advanced Ophthalmic Techniques (2-4)

  • scrub, prep a patient, and set up surgical trays for various surgical procedures;
  • identify ophthalmic diagnostic and surgical instruments used in ophthalmic surgery;
  • gown, glove, and identify areas of sterilization in an operating room setting;
  • assist the eye physician in the performance of preoperative tests.

OPTS 2531 - Advanced Ophthalmic Dispensing (5-1)

  • list and discuss inherent lens aberrations and methods used to minimize these when fitting higher powered prescriptions;
  • calculate for total percentage magnification and determine percent changes when redesigning a required lens;
  • list, discuss, and compare inherent impact resistance of various lens materials;
  • describe the physiological and psychological effects of spectacle lens use;
  • discuss low vision optical and non-optical aids used to enhance the visual performance of partially sighted persons.

OPTS 1349 - Ophthalmic Laboratory II (2-4)

  • use surfacing formulas, charts, and computer programs to determine the necessary surfacing information;
  • use standard ophthalmic surfacing machines and instruments to block, grind, fire, and polish plastic lenses;
  • apply required and accepted procedures to minimize and eliminate potentially dangerous machine operations and agents;
  • adhere to local, state, and national guidelines with respect to disposal of all surfacing wastes;
  • maintain and calibrate machines and instruments.

OPTS 2335 - Advanced Contact Lenses (2-2)

  • utilize fitting criteria to evaluate the fit of soft, rigid, spherical, and toric contact lenses;
  • use and match lens care and storage solutions with the proper contact lens material and symptomatology;
  • recognize symptomatology of adverse contact lens wear and explain refitting techniques for these conditions;
  • list and explain therapeutic and cosmetic contact lens application;
  • recognize and describe problematic conditions and solutions with contact lens wearers having aphakia, keratoconus, and presbyopia.

OPTS 2166 - Ophthalmic Practicum I (0-7)

  • operate and maintain an optical dispensary and laboratory;
  • perform all necessary measurements for eyeglass ordering;
  • record eyeglass order;
  • fabricate and dispense eyeglasses;
  • maintain a patient record system.

OPTS 1219 - Ophthalmic Office Procedures (2-0)

  • maintain a professional attitude while attending to customers and patients;
  • maintain, store, and retrieve patient files and records;
  • list and complete various government and other insurance claim forms;
  • list and describe local, state, and national safety regulations applicable to the optical industry;
  • discuss and demonstrate professional ethics.

OPTS 2266 - Ophthalmic Practicum II (1-30) (8 weeks)

  • interact with fellow ophthalmic professionals and patients in the workplace;
  • think critically regarding vision care by using situation analysis and problem solving techniques.

Vision Care Contact Information

Steve Robbins
Department Chair
Office: RTDC 118B

Email: srob@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2961

Advising contact: 903-510-2662